edgallow (2686) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, dried fruit and spice. Taste is malts, chocolate, and fruit.
lello4ever (241) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Splendida birra del birrificio canadese Dieu du Ciel, una quadrupel dal bel colore marrone con vene rosse e una schiuma compatta beige. Al naso caramello e spezie, al primo sorso il dolce del malto, del caramello, della frutta sono accompagnati da una spiccata alcolicità (10.5%), che però accompagna molto bene. Eccellente esempio di birra in stile d’abbazia.
NBird (492) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks .. Caramel red/brown, little to no head.
Smells..rich, sweet dried fruits, caramel, some sweet spice and some cocoa.
Tastes..big chewy caramel, alcohol soaked stone fruits, sweet honey and spice. Tried against a rochefort 10, which won but this was very good.
JFF (17) - - MAR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bière forte en alcool, mais assez bien balancée. Idéal pour accompagner un repas bien gras.
andrepintado (1909) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Biercab, Barcelona. Dark copper to red color. Head is medium. Medium sweetness. Aroma is caramel, hoppy.
freretoc (1106) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bue en bouteille de 33cl à la maison, couleur brune, peu de mousse et peu d’effervescence, couleur brune à reflet rubis, peu de mousse et d’effervescence, une bière avec une attaque sur la levure d’abbaye belge, banane grillé caramel et malt torrfié.
ARH (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.5 oz bottle poured into a teku glass. The aroma is primarily that of dark, dried fruits - raisin and plum - with sweet, cooked cherries, grapes, and a warm spice. Undertones include a light earthy touch, mellow alcohol, and late, a honey note. It pours a deep, murky amber honey color with a soft, medium small suds, airy orange brown head that retains a nice layer, a medium ring, and leaves a touch of lace on the glass. The taste is amedium high, malty sweet with just a touch of light bitter. The beer is smooth and oily with an active, fizzy carbonation and a medium full fruit and malt body. Flavors of caramel, chocolate, and sweet dark fruits come through in abundance - grapes, cherry, plum, raisins - with a late nutty note. The finish is dry and zesty with a clean, refreshing clove character. There’s a mellow warm alcohol touch as well as some semi sweet dark chocolate. The aftertaste is a mellow dark chocolate note with clove cleanliness.
Blairgus (3165) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5 Mar 2015, bottle. hazy, dirty, murky brown. nose is faintly sour, fruity (grapes), bready, slightly yeasty malt, some sweet chocolate, moderate alcohol. there’s a lot in the nose for sure. med body and moderately fizzy. very interesting. fruity (cherries?, grapes), yeasty, chocolate, alcohol, sweet meaty. nice. would be good to try after it has aged a bit.
Ferris (7567) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Sweet caramel and dark sugars. Clearish copper with a decent beige head. Dark caramel, light burnt sugar and raisin. Light booze and sticky, pretty nice.
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2015
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
11.5 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a clearish yet dark ruby amber, which forms no head beyond a patchy cap and a ring of white. A few scattered streams of bubbles make their way steadily to the top of the beer.
Smell: Sweet toffee and caramel malt dominates the aroma, carrying a bit of candi sweetness along for the ride. There’s something akin to cranberry drifting through the scent as well.
Taste: Right up front, this is a barrage of caramel, toffee, and candi sugar, and that does not relent through most of the tasting process. The ABV is boldly present as both heat and astringency, providing something of a medicinal taste and a lingering burn on the tongue. Hints of chocolate and something vaguely fruity are present, but buried under the sweetness and alcohol bite. There is a pronounced peppery spice, however, which makes itself known alongside the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Sharp and hot, this is creamy while in the mouth, and then leaves a sensation not unlike drinking sandpaper.
Overall: I’m uncertain if perhaps I got hold of a bad bottle, or if I’ve been spoiled by other large ABV beers that conceal their payload, but this would not be a repeater for me. I am generally a fan of sweeter beers, but the heat and medicinal tinge taint the whole flavor profile for me.